Characterization and Modeling of Self-Heating in Nanometer Bulk-CMOS at Cryogenic Temperatures

P.A. 't Hart*, M. Babaie, A. Vladimirescu, F. Sebastiano

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This work presents a self-heating study of a 40-nm bulk-CMOS technology in the ambient temperature range from 300 K down to 4.2 K. A custom test chip was designed and fabricated for measuring both the temperature rise in the MOSFET channel and in the surrounding silicon substrate, using the gate resistance and silicon diodes as sensors, respectively. Since self-heating depends on factors such as device geometry and power density, the test structure characterized in this work was specifically designed to resemble actual devices used in cryogenic qubit control ICs. Severe self-heating was observed at deep-cryogenic ambient temperatures, resulting in a channel temperature rise exceeding 50 K and having an impact detectable at a distance of up to 30 μm from the device. By extracting the thermal resistance from measured data at different temperatures, it was shown that a simple model is able to accurately predict channel temperatures over the full ambient temperature range from deep-cryogenic to room temperature. The results and modeling presented in this work contribute towards the full self-heating-aware IC design-flow required for the reliable design and operation of cryo-CMOS circuits.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)891-901
Number of pages11
JournalIEEE Journal of the Electron Devices Society
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • CMOS
  • cryogenic electronics
  • modeling
  • self-heating


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